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Lisa Sette Gallery Celebrates 30 Years

Posted By Administration, Thursday, March 19, 2015

30 Year Anniversary Exhibition

through March 28, 2015 


Lisa Sette Gallery celebrates its 30th anniversary in a new location: the Beadle building of midtown Phoenix.  Sette specializes in an aesthetic rather than a media, though the gallery has deep roots in photography and has been a member of AIPAD for years.  From the new and expanded location Lisa Sette Gallery has mounted an anniversary exhibition that underlines its own aesthetic.  Lisa Sette Gallery uses this exhibition to recap promises and make projections.  Above all Sette has been dedicated to, as she says, a "sense of self—a considered reaction to the circumstances of time, beauty, and geographical place. Rather than distancing itself from what it means to live in a desert city, the Sette aesthetic embraces this idiosyncratic existence; nearing the edge of the hemisphere, simultaneously exhilarating and precarious, and fertile ground for contemporary artwork."  

Learn more about Lisa Sette Gallery's program and artists.

Image courtesy of Lisa Sette Gallery

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Review: Luis Gonzalez Palma at Lisa Sette Gallery

Posted By Administration, Saturday, December 20, 2014

An Intimate Complicity: Luis González Palma’s 20 Years of Looking Beyond


through December 31, 2014 


This mini-retrospective at Sette Gallery’s new space is sweeping, and covers the Guatemalan artist’s work through the past 20 years.  Through his career Palma has addressed the complexities that exist between the viewer and the subject.  The issue of the gaze is loaded and, we experience a roller-coaster of subdued emotions when we see Palma’s work, old or new.  It is perhaps most well-known to be melancholic and elegant.  Truthfully it is.  It is delicate and torn; it is tender and tragic; it is residual and enduring.


Palma’s work has always been hybridized.  His diverse choice of media invests the work with power and charges it with intention.  He has executed works that shimmer and shine in gold or silver leaf; are held together with red string or adorned with red ribbon; gridded or pieced together from original documents or torn prints; and has even encased transparent (kodalith) prints in resin.


The work has remained specific yet universal, addressing the struggles of people in Guatemala and Argentina, and using these troubled histories to reveal trespasses man has imposed upon man through human history.  The works are as rife with implications, and its very existence is, as John Wood said in his introductory essay  to Palma’s Poems of Sorrow, “The story [Palma] tells us can be read as a fable of human endurance, as a homily, or as a cautionary tale.”  Then continues to unfold truth reminding us that “We are the ones who lace the thorns and skulls into the crowns of our children and lovers, and though we will eventually arrive at the boneyard, a clear-eyed view of human life, much of which is human pain, can serve as an amulet, as our coraza (shield), to protect us from despair” (p. 18).  As the thorn, the work both wounds and protects.


It is no wonder then, that the artist’s new series, Möbius, involves juxtapositions and hybridity.  These works draw on language of early 1900’s concretist/rationalist movement and Palma’s own magical realism.  Palma intersects his portraits with geometrical arrangements in primary acrylics.  The artist says of this series:


My aim with “Möbius” is to create works that allow for a new dialogue between my photographs, usually portraits loaded with emotion and subjective intensity, with abstract geometric painting elements referencing Latin American concretism… providing a rereading of the visual history of ideas from this side of the world, from its history and its contradictions.  


We are offered yet another interpretation of Palma’s work and of history through Möbius’ layered aesthetic new contexts complexities, and plurality surfaces.


For more information on this exhibition, please visit Lisa Sette Gallery


 Image Information:

Luis Gonzalez Palma, Las Ventanas de su Vestido

Courtesy of Lisa Sette Gallery


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Lisa Sette Gallery Gets a New Home

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Hello Midtown!

Opening Reception:  
Saturday, June 14
1:00 - 4:00

Lisa Sette Gallery celebrates their move to a new space in Midtown Phoenix with a group show, Hello Midtown.  Sette has been exhibiting photography, sculpture, painting, installation and performance works by an international roster of artists since 1985.  The gallery has remained dedicated to exposing artists who weave social and conceptual issues into their aesthetic, and the new space will allow Sette to expand her platform and possibilities for curatorial vision.  "After 28 years in Scottsdale we are doing what we do best", says Sette, "leading/forging new territory."  

The gallery will open their new space with a group show; the exhibition to include work by Damion Berger, Rachel Bess, Huang Binyan, Enrique Chagoya, Kim Cridler, Binh Danh, Claudio Dicochea, Angela Ellsworth, Alan Bur Johnson, Jessica Joslin, Siri Devi, Kahandavilli, Mark Klett, Mayme Kratz, Carrie Marill, Matthew Moore, Marie Navarre, Doug and Mike Starn, Anthony Velasquez, and Masao Yamamoto.

For more information on the gallery, its mission, artists, and new locale, please visit Lisa Sette Gallery

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